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Martin Fourcade makes Olympic biathlon history with pursuit gold

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during the Men’s Biathlon 12.5km Pursuit on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Sean M. Haffey

Martin Fourcade certainly isn’t going to be disappointed with his performance Monday.

Fourcade erased 27.8-second deficit at the first shooting bout to convincingly win gold in the men’s 12.5km pursuit Monday at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.

He becomes the first biathlete — male or female — to successfully defend their gold medal in the pursuit since its introduction to the Olympics at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.

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Sebastian Samuelsson of Sweden took the silver medal, finishing in 33 minutes, 3.7 seconds and one penalty.

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